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Green Home Design - What makes a city livable
Choosing where to live

What makes a green home livable to you?

...art by asking the question: What makes a green home livable? This query sparked the Livable Homes initiative launched by Perkins+Will. The initiative surveys participants around the question ‘What makes a green home livable to you?’ Developed as a publically accessible platform, livablehomes.perkinswill.com has r...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...al emissions as much as possible, whether you are building, buying or renting. Keep in mind, this is not a sacrifice you are making. A green home usually translates into financial savings and improved quality of life. And it all starts with a home of a reasonable size, in a reasonable location. A green lifestyle ...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...ation tax credit money. Replacing old and inefficient furnaces makes sense as they usually have a limited life span anyway, but it can also be a good time to switch to a clean energy home heating fuel as well. In many states and provinces heating with gas is popular and affordable, but that may not always be the case a...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...home maintenance and made the energy-efficient improvements that today's buyers have come to expect? Is your home decorated to modern tastes, or has its appearance changed little over the decades? A little effort makes a big difference in how long your home sits on the market. Homes with lapsed maintenance and outdat...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...any programs that can help homeowners save money with more energy efficient homes and lifestyles. See our Green Home Renovation Tax Credits and Financial Incentives page to find out what other programs are available, such as Electric Vehicle Tax Incentives and Rebates , how Vancouver makes attaining Passive House certi...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...A market study by AVID Ratings Canada for the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) surveyed 12,000 homebuyers across Canada to see what Canadians are looking for when they go house shopping. We were pleased but not at all surprised by the results - here they are: The top 10 assets that homebuyers value: 1. Wa...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...ater per day, research shows that the average Canadian generates over 300 litres of waste water each day . This statistic makes Canadians one of the highest per capita consumers of water on the planet. Gray water recycling Since gray water is whatever you send down your sinks, bath and shower drains, it will contai...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...ation remain constant from the vineyards in the southern-most region of Niagara, to the Arctic shores of Hudson Bay. This makes no sense whatsoever. One person in Ontario could be working up a sweat picking grapes at the exact same moment that another Ontarian is being chased by a polar bear across frozen tundra. And...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...ases the value of the property and makes it easier to rent when you leave. These are affordable solutions that will help to reduce your bills and the ecological footprint of your home. Renovation tax credits and financial incentives: First speak with your bank and find out what funds you have available. Many bank...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...at first, heat can actually be extracted from cold air and added to warmer air. To explain this in a more practical manner, let us step back a little bit to understand the basics. First of all, for the sake of an analogy, let’s imagine heat as a big body of water. Logically, water would flow from a higher place to a ...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...aving an input of natural heat and light in a home means better quality of life, and makes financial sense as well. For little or no cost, instead of sitting in a dark room with a heater on, you can bask in the bright light and free heat of the sun. That, in a nutshell, is passive home design. And it can costs you abso...